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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared the visit of Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, a success, noting that they have made a commitment to act on plans to improve the effectiveness of CARICOM.
  • The Prime Minister said the opportunity to interact and discuss issues with the Trinidadian Prime Minister has led to the forging of a strong friendship.
  • “Clearly the issues are weighty and many… but I want Jamaicans and Trinidadians alike to feel good about the resetting of the partnership. I know that in Prime Minister Rowley, there is a good partnership and strong leadership, that together we will make CARICOM work,” Mr. Holness said.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared the visit of Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, a success, noting that they have made a commitment to act on plans to improve the effectiveness of CARICOM.

Mr. Holness was addressing a reception hosted in honour of Dr. Rowley at Vale Royal on July 20.

The Prime Minister said the opportunity to interact and discuss issues with the Trinidadian Prime Minister has led to the forging of a strong friendship.

“Clearly the issues are weighty and many… but I want Jamaicans and Trinidadians alike to feel good about the resetting of the partnership. I know that in Prime Minister Rowley, there is a good partnership and strong leadership, that together we will make CARICOM work,” Mr. Holness said.

Dr. Rowley, in his remarks, expressed similar sentiments, noting that he made the visit to reaffirm the commitment and brotherly love between his country and Jamaica.

“Trinidad and Jamaica hold a position (of leadership) in CARICOM, in the Caribbean and in the eyes of the world, and what we can and must do is ensure that the challenges that will arise from time to time never become obstacles that threaten our potential,” he said.

Dr. Rowley said he is satisfied that concerns about the ill-treatment of Jamaicans at Trinidad’s port of entry have been put to rest by the efforts made by his government.

A press conference was held today (July 21) to inform the public of the result of bilateral meetings and discussions between the two countries throughout Dr. Rowley’s official visit to Jamaica from July 17 to 21.

Accompanying the Prime Minister was his wife, Mrs. Sharon Rowley.